First HSC exam today! *gasp*
Okayokay- so maybe it's not such a big deal =) I didn't start studying last night (for once) and so I got some sleep. Although my mum accidently turned on my electric blanket (on high might I add) in the morning when she was changing my sheets, meaning that I spent half the night being fried on my bed instead of sleeping! Don't worry, I turned around occasionally to make sure that I seared evenly =)
But even spending half the night awake, I didn't think any exam thoughts. It was strangely.....normal. No 'what if' thoughts, no 'I'm going to fail' or even trying to go through my essay at all. I think I'm skilfully mastering the art of blocking out bad thoughts from my head!
I can happily forget my no-so-pleasing marks that I might have gotten a few weeks ago. I can easily forget that there's a HSC to study for- until I return to my desk and see a pile of books waiting to be studied. In fact, the only thing I really think about now is what I'm going to do after the exams- all the food I'm going to cook, all the places I'm going to eat at, all the blogging I'll do.
I don't want to talk much about school because this blog is mostly for happy things. Study makes me sad sad sad........=( (*gasp* repetition! sibiliance! *puke*) But because I'll have to go back to studying soon (and start on my essays *sigh*), I'll keep this one short. But if you don't see me around on this blog for a couple of weeks you'll know why =) But knowing me, I won't be able to resist not blogging!
And because studying is messing up my brain, I'll go a little crazy in this post and blog about three things rather than one. Okayokay, enough about the study- onto the happier things- food!
Soda Cream Crackers from agesssssss ago
These soda cream crackers were like an impulse-bake. I saw them on Wendy's blog one moment (recipe here)and before i knew it, I had a batch in the oven =) I made then into small shapes like I saw in the original recipe because I thought they were cute, although this made it really time consuming- especially with all the fork marks! I used thickened cream instead of whipping cream because it was what I had in the fridge, so the dough ended up a lot tougher (I was scared to add too much milk- don't know why- it's silly, I know) and the layers didn't come out nearly as defined as Wendy's. Nevermind. I'll just have to bake these again. After the HSC.
And then there were these donut muffins.
I've got plans to make proper donuts sometime in the future but meanwhile, I thought I'd try these donut muffins to satisfy my (sister's) donut cravings. They're a lot easier to make than donuts- just mix all the ingredients together and bake!! The method looked rather much like the method of making normal muffins so I wasn't quite sure how these would turn out....
Sure enough, they turned out having the texture of a donut (a cakey one), but wasn't nearly as light and soft as fresh donuts. They were pretty yummy and donuty fresh out of the oven but hardened considerably the next day and became a little chewy too. I tried the sugar and cinnamon coating but it either fell off the muffins or melted onto them so I coated them in oil (instead of melted butter) and then dunked them in the cinnamon sugar muxture but that made them all oily so I used ganache for the rest of them. Chocolate seems to be able to fix everything =) I'll post the recipe later although it's probably not worth it....
For something a little more successful. And very very delicious =)
I've always wanted to make these coconut tarts- the types you get at Asian bakeries. They taste great both hot and cold, but they're terribly hard to resist when they've come straight out of the oven-sorta like chinese egg tarts (not in the taste though)! Only these are a lot easier as there's no puff pastry involved, and they're a lot more forgiving- if you accidently leave them in the oven for too long. And because they're coconutty, they're bound to be a hit within our family!
I baked these in my electric oven since they were so small. I no longer like my electric oven. It doesn't bake things evenly =(
Recipe from Angie's Recipes- thankyou Angie!
180 g All-purpose flour
35 g Icing sugar
1 small Egg
10 g Custard powder
90 g Butter, chilled
100 g Grated coconut
40 g Butter, melted
40-45 g Sugar
1 large Egg
2 tbsp Condensed milk
2 tbsp Water
1. Sift flour, icing sugar and custard powder together into a mixing bowl.
2. Rub in butter, using paddle of mixer or by hand, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add in egg. Mix until the pastry begins to form large lumps. Press together gently with your fingers to form the pastry into a ball.
3. Chill pastry dough for about 30 minutes. In a bowl, mix all ingredients for the filling. Set aside.
4. Divide pastry into 10 portions (approx. 35 g each). Press pastry evenly into tart mould. Trim the edges to remove excessive dough. Prick base of each tart with a fork. Fill tarts with filling to about 90% full.
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/355F - 200C/330F for 30-35 minutes until pastry is cooked thoroughly. Leave the tarts in moulds for 5 minutes before turning onto wire rack to cool.
P.S Does my blog take ages to load?? Because it does on my computer- I'm not sure if it's just me =(
EDIT: Problem fixed....I think =)